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William Shakespeare (Literature, People, Plays)

"Would that it were Mr. Daniels' head!"

Logan speaketh in ye Olde English! He doth speak i' the parlance of The Bard himself, and verily, he quoteth not, but createth his own sentence, which doth mimic in form and sound the words in "Toilus and Cressida: IV, ii": "Did not I tell you? Would he were knock'd i' the head!"

1.07 "The Girl Next Door"
Who's Who bio: William Shakespeare
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Hamlet (Plays)

"Right up until my esophagus closes up, cuts off my air supply, and I shuffle off this mortal coil."

In Shakespeare's tragic play, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is prone to making long, drawn-out, overwrought speeches. In one of those speeches, he coins the phrase "shuffle of this mortal coil." As in: kick the bucket, bite the bullet, meet your maker. You get the picture. It's fitting that our dramatic Logan should use Hamlet's words to convey to his Papa that he's allergic to shellfish.

1.21 "A Trip to the Dentist"
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Romeo and Juliet (Plays)

"Wallace, Wallace, Wallace. Wherefore art thou? I know that quote doesn't really work, but you get the point."

"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Shakespeare thought love was grand, but the old coot had a melancholy streak and never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo. Veronica loves her Wallace, albeit that they are not lovers, and reckons parroting Juliet — albeit "wherefore" means "why" and there really is no problem that Wallace is a Fennel — sounds better than "WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU?!"

2.07 "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"
Who's Who bio: Romeo
Pound of flesh (Words, Sayings, and Slogans)

"Once your father gets his pound of flesh at the dean's office, we're taking you home."

Parker's mom, Mrs. Lee, is misusing this saying just a little. Coined by Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice, it is meant to describe the collection of a debt, no matter how harsh the consequences are to the debtor. Perhaps she means Parker's father is literally taking a pound of flesh off the dean? Ouch!

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
Romeo and Juliet (Plays)

"Have a seat. We're waxing nostalgic about our time on the inside."
"Hmm, I can't. You're breaking out; I'm breaking in. Star-crossed."

Romeo and Juliet, one of playwright William Shakespeare's most famous works, contains the first usage of the term "star-crossed" in the prologue of Act I. Seeing as the line is "A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life," let's hope that the similarities to Logan and Veronica end there.

3.02 "My Big Fat Greek Rush Week"
Who's Who bio: Romeo
Othello (Plays)

"You and Chip. Weren't you his date to the haunted house? I hear you went as the beast with two backs."

Shakespeare had a dirty mind! No, seriously. Translate most of his slang into modern vernacular, and it's a wonder it ever makes it into high school English curricula. In Othello, a reference is made to Othello and his wife, Desdemona, making "the beast with two backs." Think about it. Let your mind descend into the gutter for a minute (if it ever comes out in the first place). Two backs facing out...two fronts together... got it? See? Shakespeare was full of dirty, not-so-subtle innuendos, and Veronica rightfully assumes that Charleston Chu's girlfriend will know exactly what she's being accused of.

3.04 "Charlie Don't Surf"
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